Student-Originated Studies: Culture, Community, and Disability

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Winter 2018 quarter

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This Student-Originated Studies (SOS) program is an opportunity for students to do intermediate or advanced work in disability studies, an interdisciplinary academic field that includes an exploration of (1) the historical, cultural, artistic, and other dimensions of disability, (2) social justice issues and political activism in the disability community, and (3) the intersections among disability, race, gender, class, sex, and other markers of identity. Students will link theory and practice through engagement with in-depth academic research and writing, as well as participation in community-based activities involving adults with disabilities. Although the bulk of SOS work will be conducted independently, all students will be required to participate in some group activities.

Students will meet weekly, as a group, to discuss readings, provide project progress reports and, perhaps most importantly, to build community and support each other's work. In addition, students will participate, as a group, in several brown-bag luncheon meetings, or other activities, sponsored by the University of Washington Disability Studies program and attended by UW students, staff, and faculty. Details on the content of these two sets of group activities will be provided during the first weekly class meeting.

A combination of academic and internship credit will be awarded in this SOS. Academic credit will include four credits for seminar participation, four for the writing and presentation of final projects, and four for a journal of reflections on students' overall internship experiences. Four internship credits will be awarded for participation as a tutor in the LEAD (Literacy and Education for Adults with Disabilities) program, a collaboration between Evergreen and Olympia-based Kokua Services, a non-profit, residential-support agency that serves adults with disabilities.

Program Details

Fields of Study

american studies community studies cultural studies

Preparatory For

community studies, disability studies, cultural studies, humanities, and education.


Winter Signature

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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning